(Source: Arab News) In 2017, Western Marine also exported one Landing Craft namely “Ajman Trans” to the same company making it the 43rd ship to be exported from Bangladesh. “According to our capacity, Bangladeshi shipbuilders can only concentrate on building medium-sized vessels which is within 15,000 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) capacity and various utility vessels like OPV, TUGS, offshore vessels, survey vessels, inland container vessels, multi purpose cargo vessels, survey vessels, landing crafts, ro-ro ferries, passenger ships,” Captain Sohail Hasan, managing director of WMS told Arab News. “To bag the opportunities in the Gulf countries, from now onwards, we should have more active participation in different marine fares in Saudi Arabia and UAE,” Dr. Bari said. Author: Baibhav Mishra He added that, as a Muslim nation, Bangladesh enjoys goodwill in the Middle East especially in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. “With government support, shipbuilding could play an important role in export diversification. The main challenge for this sector is arranging working capital for projects. If banks and financial institutions come forward in supporting this sector, we can secure more orders from local and foreign buyers,” Saiful Islam, WMS Chairman, said. The shipbuilding company is expecting more orders from the UAE market after the successful delivery of these oil tankers. Bari, who is also the chairman of Ananda shipyard, said that the country has more than 100 shipyards which produce different kind of ships for the local and international markets. Of them, 12 large shipyards have the capacity to meet the demand of the international market. He said that Bangladesh will have a “golden period” in the next five years in the ship-building sector with both the government and private sector investors keen on exploring new opportunities. UAE-based shipping company Al Rashid shipping is already in talks with Bangladeshi shipbuilders to source its ships, with Western Marine Shipyard Limited (WMS) – one of the leading shipbuilders in the country – securing orders for the construction of two oil tankers worth $6.8 million. “If everything goes according to the plan, our export earnings from shipbuilding will exceed the benchmark of $1 billion per year within the next five years,” Bari said. Sea News, October 16 “Made in Bangladesh ships have a huge potential in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Germany and some African countries. Now, our focus is to have more orders from different international buyers and Bangladesh government is also formulating the policies for this export oriented industries,” Dr. Abdullahel Bari, president of the Association of Export Oriented Shipbuilding Industries of Bangladesh (AEOSIB) told Arab News. (Image Courtesy: Nikkei Asian Review) At present, Bangladeshi ships are being exported to around 12 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Toshiro Arima, Corporate Officer and General Manager of Digital Transformation Center, said “ClassNK aims to support the evolution of ocean-related business by meeting new needs from smarter logistics brought about by digital technology and data distribution, and by contributing to the further improvement of safety. To realize its digital grand design and smoothly incorporate new technologies, we will cultivate advanced human resources who have not only specialized knowledge, but also knowledge of digital technology, and develop our accumulated information and know-how.” Author: Baibhav Mishra Further improve safety and efficiency by providing advanced and rational classification services through the development of new technical services based on data utilization such as survey systems in line with condition monitoring and evaluation technologies, and the creation of individual ship charts.Diversify certification services and expand their scope. In particular, create new value in ocean-related businesses by providing support with new challenges involving ocean development and integrated onshore and offshore logistics services.Support the realization of social innovation brought by digital technology and new challenges by establishing various rules and flexible environmental aspects. ClassNK Digital Grand Design 2030 shows the future vision of the Society for the digital society of 2030. With the grand design’s concept of “Creating innovation for a blue economy”, ClassNK expands its cultivated technology and knowledge to ocean-related business and aims to bring innovation to the maritime industry and its related industries. To achieve this, they have established the following 3 fundamental policies. A business plan based on the above fundamental policies is also being developed as a road map and will be announced at a later date. In recent years, with the growing need for ESG investment and SDGs management, social transformation utilizing digital technology is rapidly progressing. In the maritime industry, attempts are being made to create new value by collecting and utilizing data on ship operations and cargo movements, and sharing it among different players to promote further innovation. Advances in digital technology are also introducing unprecedented ways of ensuring safety, such as data condition monitoring and evaluation, and advanced predictions through simulations. Sea News, February 26 Leading Classification Society ClassNK has developed its “ClassNK Digital Grand Design 2030”.
A new report by U.S. and Mexican researchers suggests an uptick in the number of illegal migrants headed to the U.S. in the first half of 2012 and a slight decrease in migrants returning to Mexico.The report says the U.S. Mexican migrant population appears to have stabilized and may be growing slightly.advertisementadvertisementAccording to the report, “the size of the Mexican-born population in the U.S. has fully recovered from losses experienced during the recession.” “Meanwhile, unemployment among those migrants has decreased and labor force participation rates have held steady – a post-recession economic performance slightly better than for U.S. native-born workers. Another sign of recovery comes from an increased flow of remittances to Mexico.”It would be the first time net migration outflow from Mexico has increased since the 2007 economic downturn.These are the major findings of a new collaborative project between the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute in Los Angeles and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana.The Mexican Migration Monitor, a joint publication that makes its debut with this report, presents key trends in the ongoing and evolving movement of people between Mexico and the U.S.advertisementThe report, released Tuesday, says that heightened U.S. anti-immigration efforts don’t appear to have convinced migrants to leave.The report is based on surveys done at Mexican border crossings, bus stations and airports, and on U.S. deportation, repatriation and demographics data. PD—Compiled from the Mexican Migration Monitor and AP Newswire
Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) A Tuesday kitchen fire damaged Empire Dynasty, a popular Chinese restaurant on Nine Mile Road, just west of Middlebelt, in Farmington Hills.Fire Chief Jon Unruh said 25 firefighters responded to the call at around 2:45 p.m. Nine Mile Road was closed for about 40 minutes while they tapped into a fire hydrant and hoses were stretched across the road.(Courtesy Farmington Hills Fire Department)The fire apparently started in the fryer area and extended to the roof; investigators found the cause was accidental.“We quickly extinguished the fire after making sure everyone was out of the building,” Unruh said. “The fire was under control in about 10 minutes.”(Courtesy Farmington Hills Fire Department)Only four employees were inside when the fire broke out, he added, and no one was injured. While Empire Dynasty is located in a strip center, the fire did not spread to any adjacent businesses.”It was a great effort by my staff,” Unruh said.The restaurant will remain temporarily closed while repairs are made.
The OCC Jazz Band, under the direction of Tom Dennis, will perform Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., in the Smith Theater on the Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills.The 20-piece swing band features a female and male vocalist, and includes OCC music students and members of the community.“The community jazz band performs hits from the ‘30s and ‘40s all the way to contemporary selections like Michael Bublé,” said Dennis, who also directs the college’s music program. “The concert will be entertaining and fun, and offers a great way to relax before the busy holiday season.”OCC music students perform in orchestra, jazz, concert, small ensemble or choir concerts throughout the year, and participate in festivals, showcases and competitions.“The OCC music program is a unique combination of degree coursework and enrichment programming,” said Dennis. “It provides a creative outlet for members of the community, and an educational pathway for students interested in pursuing a career in music. Musicians meet each other in classes and frequently form small ensembles and bands that perform in venues throughout the community.”Students can earn an associate of arts degree with a concertation in music. Program coursework includes theory, history, piano, conduction, composition, lessons, and performance. Through an articulation agreement, OCC’s associate degree to count as 50 percent of a four-year degree at WSU.“The OCC program offers students a cost-effective way to learn, perform and pursue their passion in a friendly, knowledge and supportive environment,” said Dennis.The Orchard Ridge Campus is located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road. For more information, visit https://oaklandcc.edu/programs/mus/default.aspx. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Cirexx International have developed a module to demonstrate their ECLIPS technology. ECLIPS (Embedded Cooling Layer – Integrated Power System) is a system of producing high-power RF/microwave Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) employing an embedded thermally engineered metalized heat-sink layer which has superior thermal conductivity characteristics and a very low-CTE.The Cirexx ECLIPS technology serves as an alternative to co-fired ceramics and hybrid integrated circuits. The item is essentially a common Printed Circuit Board, made from otherwise typical RF/microwave Printed Circuit Board materials and processes. But with a high thermal conductivity and very low CTE the user can mount very fine pitch devices and in fact direct attach/wire-bond bare die such as GaN and GaAs. The other electronic components on the board can be standard “plastic parts” attached in a standard process such as a vapor phase soldering. This combination results in an electronic board system that is smaller, lighter weight, easier to make revisions to and certainly much less costly than the ceramic hybrid, all-die alternative.The demonstration module allows Cirexx Application Engineers to demonstrate the technology at customer facilities and/or during ECLIPS presentations. With the use of common lab equipment the module demonstrates the efficient evacuation of heat generated by 2 bare die amplifiers and its effect on the power output.
At CES 2017, Ethertronics has announced an Active Steering™ antenna system solution for smart cord-cutting applications, enabling consumers to gain OTA programming on a wide-range of Wi-Fi enabled devices. The company will be conducting live demonstrations of its new 14” x 14” Active Steering™ Antenna System for OTA television reception at CES 2017 in Las Vegas from January 5-8, 2017.The new antenna system developed for OTA TV reception provides 50% more range and reliable performance by using dynamic radiation patterns to improve TV signal reception in homes, opening up a larger range of locations for OTA antenna placement. The improved TV signal reception will result in clearer video and audio of the desired broadcast channels resulting in a better viewing experience for the consumer. This technology makes the process of installing and positioning the OTA antenna much simpler and cheaper.Ethertronics Active Steering technology solves many of the problems associated with using a passive antenna in homes for TV signal reception. The current method of finding an appropriate location within a room in a typical home for a passive antenna to receive the available OTA TV signals is time consuming and difficult for the typical consumer due to the weak signals trying to be received and the large number of reflections in-building. Quite often the location of the passive antenna needs to change as the TV channel to receive changes due to these reflections. With the multiple radiation patterns available from Ethertronics Active Steering antenna along with the strong dual polarization properties a stronger, more reliable signal can be received across a large number of channels for a fixed antenna location. Active Steering optimizes the antenna characteristics to the environment, resulting in better signal reception. The Active Steering algorithm continually samples and switches between radiation patterns in the sub-millisecond time-frame to optimize TV signal reception for the specific home installation. This surpasses passive antenna techniques, delivering stronger signals that enable consumers to access additional television channelsn anywhere in the home. The technology minimizes the ill effects of reflections in the different rooms of a house, such as people moving around the home, reducing the likelihood of channel degradation.Key Features of Active Steering™ for OTA ApplicationsEase of installation by opening up a wider variety of locations around the house for antenna placementImproved performance provided by the beam steering function with four or more radiation patterns generated at each channelLess susceptible to interference and less likelihood of channel degradation from people moving around the room, weather effects, etc.Compact design compared with many off-the-shelf antennas. The 2D form factor allows for wall and window attachment.Industry Leading Antenna PerformanceWi-Fi Active Steering system solutions enable beam steering from a wireless device by sampling and switching between the multiple radiation patterns, and optimally selecting the antenna radiation pattern that provides the best radio frequency (RF) link performance. This capability provides revolutionary improvements in range, data throughput for applications such as video streaming, interference reduction, robustness in multipath environments and connection reliability.Product DetailsEthertronics’ Active Steering antenna system solution for OTA applications relies on the same technology developed for SISO, MIMO, and beam forming applications for smart access points and wireless cable/DSL gateways. The proprietary algorithm integrated into the EC482, combined with the EC614 can connect to any baseband on the market to control from one to eight antennas and optimize for the best scenario of coverage with fast switching capability. The Ethertronics algorithm can be tailored to benefit the aggregate throughput, and significantly improve one client or the least served client based on the preferences of the carrier or box manufacturer.
Panasonic Corporation in collaboration with Hiroshima University and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan have developed a Terahertz (THz) transmitter capable of transmitting digital data at a rate exceeding 100 gigabits (= 0.1 terabit) per second over a single channel using the 300-GHz band. This technology enables data rates 10 times faster than that offered by the fifth-generation mobile networks (5G) which are expected to appear around 2020.The THz band is a new and vast frequency resource expected to be used for future ultrahigh-speed wireless communications. The transmitter achieves a communication speed of 105 gigabits per second using the frequency range from 290 GHz to 315 GHz. Although this range of frequency is currently unallocated but falls within the frequency range from 275 GHz to 450 GHz, whose usage is to be discussed at the World Radio communication Conference (WRC) 2019 under the International Telecommunication Union Radio communication Section (ITU-R). Last year, the group demonstrated that the speed of a wireless link in the 300-GHz band could be greatly enhanced by using Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM). This year, they showed six times higher per-channel data rate, exceeding 100 gigabits per second for the first time as an integrated-circuit-based transmitter which made the per-channel data rate above 100 G bit/s at 300 GHz. At this data rate, the whole content on a DVD (digital versatile disk) can be transferred in a fraction of a second.The THz now looks to offer ultrahigh-speed wireless links to satellites as well which will further boost applications and usage for in-flight network connection speeds. Other possible applications include fast download from contents servers to mobile devices and ultrafast wireless links between base stations. THz wireless is also setting up possibilities of offering high-data-rate minimum-latency-communications, which will provide light-speed minimum-latency links supporting high speed fiber-optics-data rates. The research group also plans to further develop 300-GHz ultrahigh-speed wireless circuits. The research team presented the details of this technology at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2017, held in San Francisco, California.
Qualcomm Technologies announced that they have started sampling the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, their seventh-generation LTE multimode modem and second generation Gigabit LTE solution, which is built on a leading-edge 10 nm FinFET process. The modem and its new Snapdragon X20 LTE transceiver provide a number of industry firsts. It is the first commercially announced Gigabit LTE chipset designed to deliver fiber-like LTE Category 18 download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, a 20 percent improvement in download speeds over the previous generation. Additionally, it allows support for up to 5 x 20 MHz downlink Carrier Aggregation (CA) across licensed and unlicensed FDD and TDD radio frequencies, as well as 4×4 MIMO on up to three aggregated LTE carriers. Lastly, it supports integrated Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV) capability, a first for Snapdragon LTE modems.These leading-edge features of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem are supported by the first commercially announced single-chip RF transceiver capable of simultaneously receiving up to 12 spatial streams of LTE data. As several leading OEMs and operators launch Gigabit LTE devices and networks around the globe, the arrival of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem will drive new connectivity experiences across the mobile ecosystem.The Snapdragon X20 LTE modem peak speeds extend beyond Gigabit LTE by using Carrier Aggregation and 4×4 MIMO. With these capabilities, the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem can simultaneously receive 12 unique streams of data on as few as three 20 MHz carriers. On each downlink stream, the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem’s support for 256-QAM boosts the peak throughput to ~100 Mbps. On the uplink, 2 x 20 MHz carrier aggregation plus 64-QAM allows for speeds up to 150 Mbps.The Snapdragon X20 LTE modem also features more advanced dual SIM functionality and, as the first Snapdragon LTE modem to support DSDV, it provides users with the benefits of Ultra HD Voice and other IMS-based services on both SIMs inserted into the device. In addition to the aforementioned advanced connectivity feature sets, it supports Snapdragon All Mode, including all major cellular technologies (LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, and GSM/EDGE), over 40 cellular frequency bands (including U.S. public safety Band 14 and 600 MHz band support), over 1000 carrier aggregation band combinations, LTE Broadcast, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) with support for Ultra HD Voice quality with the EVS codec, and single radio voice call continuity to 3G and 2G.The Snapdragon X20 LTE modem is an LTE Advanced Pro modem that supports Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), the global standard for LTE in unlicensed spectrum. Support for both 5xCA and LAA is significant because it allows operators to launch Gigabit LTE service with as little as 10 MHz of licensed spectrum, which vastly expands the number of operators who can offer Gigabit LTE service around the globe. Additionally, the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem supports the 3.5 GHz shared spectrum in the U.S. called Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), which can be used to provide new services, such as private LTE-based networks. It can also be used by existing mobile operators to offer Gigabit LTE in more places by making more spectrum available. Gigabit LTE marks the next phase of 4G evolution as it drives richer content, new connected experiences, apps and usage models, while also serving as an essential pillar for the 5G mobile experience. When supported in 5G multimode devices, the technology can provide a wide, ultra high-speed coverage layer for nascent 5G networks. With this, application developers can expect a wide coverage of seamless Gigabit connectivity to mobile devices, enabling them to create new generations of applications, services and user experiences. By supporting fiber-like Internet speeds wirelessly over LTE, the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem will allow original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to offer the latest generation of connectivity experiences, such as immersive 360-degree video and virtual reality, connected cloud computing, rich entertainment, and instant apps, directly to consumers. With mass scale adoption of Gigabit LTE in devices and networks, both OEMs and operators will benefit from enhanced network capacity and spectral efficiency, while also ensuring users have a superior connectivity experience. The Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem has started sampling to customers with first commercial devices expected in the first half of 2018.
KRONO-SAFE and ANSYS have jointly introduced a new integrated solution to enable aerospace customers to design and develop safety-critical software for the latest generation of aerospace computers. This first-to-market solution ensures criticality, safety and security certifiability for high-dependability applications for the aerospace and defense industry.To build safer airplanes, while optimizing fleet maintenance and cost, new aerospace computers must be built to handle both, traditional safety critical control and command applications, as well as modern maintenance and monitoring capabilities. KRONO-SAFE’s integrated real-time operating system platform, ASTERIOS, with ANSYS embedded software, ANSYS SCADE Suite; provides aerospace customers a real-time integration flow suitable for safety-critical avionics multi-rate applications on single or multi-core platforms. This avionic automated design flow combines SCADE Suite for safe and automated development of application software and ASTERIOS for safe and automated real-time integration, extended to multi-core platforms.The combined solution was developed within the Smart, Safe and Secure Platform (S3P) research and development project. The S3P project aims at developing a safe, secure and smart software development and execution platform to facilitate the development, deployment and exploitation of IoT devices, gateway and applications quickly and economically.The ANSYS SCADE Suite automates and reduces the development and certification costs of critical embedded applications, such as control, algorithms and graphical interfaces, and includes unique capabilities for automatic code generation and certification under the DO-178C aeronautics safety standard. The integration between ANSYS and KRONO-SAFE brings an optimal integration of the code generated on KRONO-SAFE’s critical real-time execution platform. SCADE Suite models are integrated unchanged in ASTERIOS, with high-level real-time specifications, to automatically produce an optimal multi-rate scheduling while ensuring by construction the partitioning, data synchronization and determinism of the system.KRONO-SAFE is showcasing the automated design flow, which dramatically accelerates the software development process for critical avionics computers, while guaranteeing the same level of safety and reliability, at the on-going Paris Air Show 2017.